Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Burbank Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

Two known gang members on probation were arrested in the Glendale area in separate incidents, authorities said Tuesday.

Erick Pellecer-Pelayo, 19, was arrested around 6:10 p.m. Friday after officers saw him removing items from the trunk of a car in the alley behind the 500 block of South Lake Street, on the Glendale-Burbank border, according to Sgt. Claudio Losacco of the Burbank Police Department.

The officers searched the vehicle and found two expended shotgun shells in the passenger compartment, five credit cards in other peoples’ names and a fraudulent California driver license’s in Pelayo’s wallet, Losacco said.

Authorities searched Pelayo’s residence and discovered two handguns that had been reported stolen in Los Angeles, along with a sawed-off shotgun, several bullets and shotgun shells matching the ones found earlier in the car, Losacco said.

Pelayo, a registered gang member who was on probation for a robbery conviction, admitted to firing the shotgun into the air while driving on a freeway recently, but denied shooting at anybody, Losacco said.

Pelayo was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun, identity theft and two counts of possession of stolen handguns. His bail was set at $125,000.

Ricardo Ruiz, a known gang member who was on probation, was also arrested on Friday, Losacco said.

Around 6:25 p.m., officers stopped the van Ruiz was driving near Flower Street and Sonora Avenue in Glendale, authorities said. Upon learning Ruiz did not have a driver license, officers directed him to step out of the vehicle and began to search the vehicle, Losacco said.

Officers found a container with Social Security cards, blank checks, several pay stubs, a W-2 statement, foreign identification cards and a cellular service verification form — all in the names of other people, Losacco said. They also found a stolen DMV registration card and license plate sticker, Losacco added.

Ruiz, 26, and Christina Lupercio, 33, who approached officers and identified herself as the owner of the van and Ruiz’ girlfriend, were arrested for suspicion of identity theft and booked on $90,000 and $140,560 bail.

–City News Service

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